More seventh-inning magic from these Cardinals.
Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw was crusing through the first six frames of Tuesday night’s NLDS Game 4 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, but Matt Holliday opened the bottom of the seventh inning with a single off the glove of second baseman Dee Gordon and then Jhonny Peralta singled to left-center field, just over the outstretched glove of Hanley Ramirez.
What happened next? How about a three-run bomb from Matt Adams, who entered the night with just six career homers against left-handers (compared to 28 against righties).
Some fans in St. Louis call him “Big City.” Others — because of his bulky build — like to call him “Big Mayo.”
That was The Biggest Mayo, and the Cardinals are now six outs from advancing to another NLCS.
LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly had his suspension for throwing pitches near the heads of Houston hitters reduced to five games on appeal.
Kelly was originally penalized eight games by Major League Baseball on July 29, a day after throwing a 96 mph fastball near the head of Houston’s Alex Bregman and two curveballs that brushed back Carlos Correa.
The Dodgers on Wednesday confirmed the reduced penalty.
Kelly went on the 10-day injured list retroactive to last Sunday with right shoulder inflammation. He will serve his suspension when he returns.
After striking out Corea, Kelly curled his lip into a pouting expression and exchanged words with the shortstop.
Benches cleared after Kelly’s actions during the sixth inning of Los Angeles’ 5-2 win at Houston in the teams’ first meeting since it was revealed the Astros stole signs en route to a 2017 World Series title over the Dodgers.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts served his one-game suspension the same day the penalty was handed down. Astros manager Dusty Baker was fined an undisclosed amount.
Kelly denied that he purposely threw at the Astros. He has previously been suspended in his career for throwing at a batter.
The penalties were imposed by former pitcher Chris Young, MLB’s senior vice president of baseball operations, who issued his first ruling since taking over the job from Joe Torre.